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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 

Louis Riel Killed by Government Of Canada 126 Years Ago Today

125 years ago - at the North West Mounted Police barracks in Regina, the government of Canada executed a father of Confederation because he was not white ... was not an English speaking Conservative and because he dreamed of national equity for Canada's Metis and First Nations peoples.

Riel was elected THREE TIMES to the House of Commons by his constituents in federal elections, but he was never allowed to take his seat.

History is written by the victors of war and in the case of the Metis people, official Canadian history does a disservice to this great leader.

Louis David Riel should be recognized for his role in the creation of the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. His legacy speaks of the racism inherent in Canada's creation and ongoing fabric. He was a great man. He was a great Canadian.

I know about his role in creating Manitoba, but how did Riel help create Saskatchewan?

Riel declared and led the Provisional government of Saskatchewan in 1885.

The federal gov't had 2 territories in what is now Saskatchewan. They were named Assiniboia and Saskatchewan. The actual 1905 boundaries for Saskatchewan more closely resembled what Riel had envisioned with his provisional government.

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